Book Review: Once, Only The Swallows Were Free by Gabrielle Gouch

‘As our plane left Romania that day in 1965, I swore never to return.’ Gouch’s first book is a memoir of her exile from Romania during the military dictatorship that followed World War II, amidst remnants of anti-Semitism from Romania’s early alliance with Nazi Germany. She vows never to return, and yet the pull of her native homeland is too strong. Gouch’s ...

April First Friday Club: Anthologies

The First Friday Club is a monthly event at the NSW Writers’ Centre, free and exclusive to Centre members. Each month a new guest speaker from the writing industry, be they author, editor, publisher or journalist, joins the club for a group conversation about writing. For April’s First Friday Club Delia Falconer and Bronwyn Mehan joined us to discuss anthologies and ...

Book Review: White Light by Mark O’Flynn

White Light collects together sixteen of Mark O’Flynn’s short stories published between 1996 and 2012 and includes a variety of pieces ranging from the tale of an older, obese poet’s train ride to Perth to one father’s struggle on a beach to summon everyday courage. Despite the wide range of pieces, the subdued tone of the collection is consistent and adds ...

Book Review: Tom the outback Mailman by Kristin Weidenbach and Timothy Ide

If you turn past the ochre endpapers and open to the first page of Tom the Outback Mailman, you’ll see a cheery looking fellow floating in a tinny. It’s an unexpected but intriguing start to the story of a man who drove the longest mail route in the world. Esmond Gerald Kruse (1914–2011), also known as Tom, hauled his Leyland truck ...

Peter Stanley on History

Ahead of his Making History course on Sunday 13 April, we talk to Peter Stanley about writing history. What inspired you to become an historian? I have no idea, but from an early age I wanted to do something in which history figured. I spent most of 1979 on the dole and (in what I never thought I'd think of as the ...

Book Review: Dear Writer: revisited by Carmel Bird

Twenty-five years after its first release, Carmel Bird's Dear Writer has been re-launched with updated advice for the modern writer. The result is a writing guide that is accessible, fun and packed with useful projects to try. Dear Writer: revisited consists of twenty-one letters to the unnamed writer of a fictional short story, 'The Scream at Midnight.' Signed by Virginia O'Day, ...

Why I Love YA Fiction by Melaina Faranda

I don't only write YA fiction - I read it. This has very little to do with remaining abreast of the market so much as indulging in a real and rewarding pleasure. YA literature is prioritised over the many books stacked on my bedside table (and beneath the bed and on the floor, subscribing optimistically as I do to an ...

Book Review: The Spotty Dotty Lady By Josie Boyle and Fern Martins

The Spotty Dotty Lady is a simple and moving story that depicts a sad lady who, when mindful of her environment, encounters a simple pleasure: a mysterious bud. The bud gives her hope as she nurtures the plant, waiting in anticipation for the unveiling of the flower. When the bud opens she finds a beautiful flower that inspires in her ...

Book Review: The Blood of Wolves by S.D. Gentill

Journey thousands of years into the past with Hero and her brothers Cadmus, Lycon and Machaon in the third instalment of the Hero Trilogy, to a time when man and gods walked the earth together. Hero, after experiencing a vision, is the driving force behind the treacherous expedition to save the refugees of Troy. The presence of Aeneas and his ...

Romancing the Page with Anne Gracie

Ahead of our Romancing the Page workshop, we talked romance and literary lovers with popular novelist Anne Gracie. (Please note that this workshop was originally scheduled for Mother's Day, but will now take place on Sunday 4 May.) How did you get into romance writing? Initially I thought writing romance would be a quick and easy way to fund a more ...

Book Review: Creative Writing for Beginners – a novel by Colin Batrouney

Colin Batrouney, according to his author bio, has never been to a creative writing class, but he has worked in professional theatre as an actor and director. His comic-tragic novel, Creative Writing for Beginners, has two main characters: Joel, an aspiring writer, and Nomee, an aspiring actor. Nomee is rehearsing for the role of Nina in Chekhov’s play The Seagull; ...

An interview with Vanessa Bates, Director of our upcoming Playwriting Festival

In the lead up to our upcoming Playwriting Festival on Saturday 29 March, we sat down with Festival Director Vanessa Bates. She has programmed a fantastic line up of playwrights, dramaturgs and theatre makers including Lally Katz, Lachlan Philpott, Hilary Bell and Jane Harrison. Ticket holders to the Festival will be able to book in for a 5 minute session ...

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